Portrait of Tariro Mavondo

Tariro Mavondo

Tariro Mavondo is a Melbourne-based artist of Zimbabwean descent. She is dedicated and committed to working with the creative industry, corporate sector and community and health services to provide professional pathways and mentoring programs for young Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Visibly Different artists.

She is a teaching artist and delivers movement-based creative arts community orientated programs that works with movement and dance, drawing, sound and voice, music, creative writing and poetry.

Tariro is the Producer of Africa’s Got Talent, the Artistic Associate at Metanoia Theatre based at the Mechanics Institute in Brunswick. She is currently an Ambassador of the Melbourne Theatre Company and Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Connect program. She is also currently working at Western Edge Youth Arts as a leading artist in various projects.

She trained as an actor at VCA where she was the 2011 recipient of the Irene Mitchell Award for Outstanding Actor in Third Year.

Her recent roles include: Mukami Obanda in Channel 7’s Winners and Losers; Rutendo in Arrivals (a VCA short film); Amina in Red Stitch Theatre’s Bellevile; Michelle in The Hayloft Project’s Arden versus Arden; Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe Racing (Pulse Productions), Riverside and Belvoir in association with STARTS (2011-2013); ABC Reading of Reflections, New Poetry By African Women; and Black Face White Mask’s Interactive (Education).

Tariro recently co-directed Fate a Creative Development (2014, Arts Centre Melbourne). She also co-directed Billy Possible, written by award winning playwright Neil Cole 2014 (Mechanics Institute Brunswick).

Tariro played the role of Cleopatra in Eagle’s Nest’s Anthony and Cleopatra (2014). Tariro was an online chorus performer in PROMPTER (2013, Hydra Poesis), which questioned the ethics and conflicts of today’s media environment, journalism practice and digital culture.

She is a State and National Australian Poetry Slam Finalist and performance poetry in Melbourne. She was a Founding Member of the Centre for Poetics and Justice. She was part of the Global Poetics Tour 2011 with New York slam champions Mohagany Brown, Jive Poetics, Shane Koyczan. She curated a fundraising spoken word event called Speak Easy Against Violence Towards Women for One Billion Rising Melbourne. She was a founding member of Still Waters Storytelling Collective.

In the past VASS and Tariro worked together in VASS' Anti Racism Action Band (A.R.A.B) where Tariro was involved in a performing arts program for disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people from diverse cultural backgrounds from Collingwood English Language School. Tariro performed at Collingwood English Language School as part of a Girl’s Fun Festival and an International Women’s Day event conducting an interactive workshop promoting storytelling and theatre performance.

Tariro also worked as a teaching artist for the African Voices of Carlton Project (2011) and 100 Story Building, in primary schools in the city of Braybrook and the city of Yarra. She works as an MC for different municipalities and organisations.